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Geothermal takes a technological step forward

Twin Cities.com -- GRANTS PASS, Ore.—Geothermal energy developers working on the flanks of an ancient Oregon volcano say they have taken an important technological step toward expanding geothermal energy from a small niche into a potential major source of homegrown power, but more work needs to be done.

AltaRock Energy, Inc., of Seattle, says the data is still being analyzed, but they are confident they have created three geothermal reservoirs from a single well where none existed before. The breakthrough solves two problems holding back the next level of geothermal development, known as Enhanced Geothermal Systems, or EGS: creating reservoirs big enough for commercial production in places they don't occur naturally, and holding down costs.

The U.S. Department of Energy, which is covering half the $43.8 m


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six_ball_man
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 11:19:07 AM


Why we haven't been using what has ALWAYS been available to us is baffling to me. Dig down a couple feet and it is a constant 55º. Free heat in the winter and cooling in the summer, just sitting there waiting to be tapped.
Of course...no oil companies would be enrichened by the use of such...[shrug]
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we need to think outside the box more often.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 9:44:01 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 5:50:33 AM

Another alternative energy source, but difficult to implement...
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tomok
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:02:22 AM

Geothermal takes a technological step forward? Pump in cold water to crack the volcanic rock and open up fissures. Use ground up plastic bottles to seal the cracks and form underground reservoirs large enough to produce enough hot water so steam can be produced to generate electricity.
The DOE is covering half the cost of the $43.8 million cost or $22 million of taxpayer money?.
They tested Newberry Crater last year drilling test holes and now they are back to see if this venture will work. They have tested the slopes of Mt Hood also and did not find enough hot rock or water to be worthwhile.
Unless it is a 'natural hot water' source with enough hot water, don't expect too much from this project.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII! - The Day After......
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Blossomize
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 1:46:04 AM

loved the info. TY
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:12:47 AM

Interesting article.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:00:13 AM

Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately I don't have a volcano in my back yard.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:59:53 PM

The problem with any geothermal source is that it is nowhere near the population that would use the energy gathered from its collection.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:41:26 PM

Hmm
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:30:32 PM

Is it a well or a money pit?
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:30:32 PM

Look at the top of this page. Does it say this is a geothermal discussion page or a gas prices discussion page? Sheesh...
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:29:32 PM

Interesting.
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Ok
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STEP CAREFULLY...
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:27:17 PM

Good Luck .... new discoveries could lead to better utilization of the energy available to provide clean inexpensive power over some of the older more expensive systems.... Who knows???
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They're going to kick ya right where it hurts...
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:25:00 PM

The taxpayers will foot the entire bill before to long.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:24:35 PM

ok.
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Cool!
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:23:03 PM

Old article.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:22:22 PM

taxpayers are paying for it
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:21:15 PM

Sounds okay. HOPE THEY HAVE NOT WENT TO FAST & SKIPPED SOMETHING.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:18:49 PM

Good.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:18:47 PM

Great!
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:17:40 PM

More Energy.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:17:39 PM

Sure, and I just made my 2nd million dollars yesterday.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:16:25 PM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:15:29 PM

We think we posted a reply to this article yesterday. What impact does geothermal energy have on gas prices?
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:14:57 PM

Old news
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:14:56 PM

that might be a good use of research and development, if it can be used cheaply.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:14:28 PM

Costly but worth it.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:13:31 PM

Why don't they just use the process that are being used in Hawaii on the big island?
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:12:45 PM

Hope it works out.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:12:45 PM

making use of the molten core.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:11:56 PM

Great
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:11:23 PM

nice concept but very costly!
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:11:13 PM

What waste byproducts are you talking about, @pa79th? This isn't like fracking. There's no toxic fracking fluid in this process.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:09:51 PM

"but more work needs to be done"! Yeah, with a Government Subsidy", read "tax payer money"!
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:06:11 PM

A new grade school not far from me, uses geothermal energy.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:05:29 PM

Sounds promising.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:05:28 PM

Yeah and where do we put all the waste byproducts that are needed to harvest this stuff?
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:05:16 PM

Very good idea.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:05:09 PM

interesting
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:05:01 PM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:04:19 PM

Great idea!
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:03:16 PM

Capture the heat!
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:01:19 PM

Interesting technology. I hope it pans out.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:00:12 PM

Once again, @clermont40miles just wants to stir the pot. Have you even met any so-called "greenies"? The one's you are so afraid of are just like bogeymen. Both are fictional.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 10:59:33 PM

Yes there is some power there but at what cost?
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